New York Daily News

April 24, 2013


 

Cops take care of their own by funding repairs to home where Artur Kasprzak died 

Officer was a poster boy for the NYPD. He died trying to save others during Hurricane Sandy.

By Thomas Tracy/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Artur Kasprzak (pictured) died during Hurricane Sandy trying to rescue his family in their Staten Island home. Here, his mom Irena, dad Jozef and sister Marta pose with a photo of him after accepting a check from the hero’s fellow officers.

Cops gave the family of heroic Staten Island officer Artur Kasprzak $50,000 to repair the South Beach home where their son died during Hurricane Sandy.

Kasprzak was off-duty when floodwaters crashed into the house. The 1st Precinct cop rushed seven members of his family to the attic, then raced to the basement to make sure nobody was left behind — but never returned.

“We’ll use the money for home repairs,” said Marta Kasprzak, the officer’s sister. “My mom and dad still have no place to live.”

Marta said her family is dedicated to rebuilding, even though the home is now flooded with painful memories.

Kasprzak was literally a poster boy for the NYPD.
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Kasprzak was literally a poster boy for the NYPD.

“It’s hard for my parents because they’re alive and he risked his life to rescue them,” she said.

The NYPD’s Disaster Relief Fund has cut checks to more than 900 cops in need, but the $50,000 given to Kasprzak’s family is the largest donation, organizers said.

“He gave his life to protect his family and they will never get him back,” said Roy Richter, president of the NYPD’s Captains Endowment Association. “The donors wanted to acknowledge his ultimate sacrifice.”

With Mark Bonifacio